MERA: TIDEBREAKER by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne is the perfect title to launch the new line DC Ink, aimed at introducing new fans to DC’s most iconic heroes through a YA medium. Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her father and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera has other plans and decides to seize the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked…
Mera’s journey is one of self-discovery. It’s summed up perfectly in one panel where she questions her path to her mentor and friend, royal guard member Hikara. “Isn’t that my choice? Don’t I choose who I am?” In this story, we see Mera’s rebelliousness and her selfishness. But ultimately, those are the hallmarks of a young woman trying to choose her own destiny.in the face of a path already laid in front of her.
And yet, somewhere during her journey, the power of her own choice gets rushed and lost in the development of her relationship with Arthur. And while Mera is one of my absolute favorite characters and the relationship she shares with Arthur Curry is one for the ages based on mutual respect and love, the story seems to flounder as it tries to balance Mera’s choices with the iconic relationship. I wanted more from this book. It’s a great read and is a perfect way to introduce these characters to new fans, but those who already love the characters may be a little disappointed.
The art is lovely and almost entirely focuses on Mera’s beautiful hair. The decision of the muted palette, with the exception of Mera’s hair, is striking in all the right ways. And the difference between her hair on land and underwater helps underscore the differences in the two realms.
Mera: Tidebreaker is a great first entry and younger readers and new fans will find a way to fall in love with Mera and Arthur through this first DC Ink title.
It’s available now!
About Mera: Tidebreaker
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court, and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown….
When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?
An astonishing story that explores duty, love, heroism, and freedom…all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.
From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera -and-Aquaman story that explores Mera’s first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.
About the Creators
Dainelle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.
Stephen Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied animation at the Irish School of Animation. He has worked in Ireland and the United States in the fields of animation, TV advertising, satirical newspaper cartoons, and video games. He now lives in London, where he works on his true passion, comics.
About DC Ink
DC Ink is a new young adult graphic novel line from DC. The line will introduce DC’s most iconic Super Heroes to a new generation of fans with stories told by some of the most successful authors from the young adult publishing space. DC Ink titles will be standalone stories, not part of DC’s ongoing continuity, and completely accessible to new readers who have no previous knowledge of DC characters. The line will launch in April 2019 with the release of Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne, followed by Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart in May, Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo in July, and more titles to be announced.